Member of the Alberta Bar
Al has been a member of the Alberta Bar since 1968. Before joining the University of Calgary in 1976 as a founding faculty member, he was at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia from 1968 to 1976. During his term with the UofC Law School, he has served as Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Resources Law, as Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies) and, most recently, as Dean of Law from 2006 to 2011. He has been a consultant and policy advisor to several government departments and tribunals, and has held numerous professional appointments. Al is also an Adjunct Professor in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design. His awards include the Law Society of Alberta / Canadian Bar Association Distinguished Service Award for Legal Scholarship.
In 2016, Al was named one of the Faculty of Graduate Studies GREATsupervisors, which recognizes supervisors who excel in their work with students.
On November 1, 2016, Al was named the Director of the University of Calgary's Sustainable Energy Development program, an interdisciplinary Master's program with the Haskayne School of Business, Schulich School of Engineering, and the faculties of Law and Environmental Desgin.
Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Research group
Canadian Institute of Resources Law (CIRL)
Academic Advisory Group, International Bar Association, Section on Environment, Energy, Resources and Infrastructure Law
Law 573: Public Lands & Natural Resources Law
Law 693: Eminent Speakers Course in Energy Law
Law 693: Public Lands & Natural Resources Law
Al's academic interests are concentrated on regulatory issues related to energy and environmental law, oil and gas law, constitutional law, and judicial review. Special research focus is on Canadian international and comparative environmental and energy law, including, judicial review of energy facilities decisions, regulation of hydraulic fracturing, regulatory public involvement, regulation of interjurisdictional pipelines, and the legal agenda for transition to low-carbon economies. The first Canadian book on Public Land Law (with Elaine Hughes and Arlene Kwasniak) was published in June, 2016 (Irwin Law). Also published in in 2016, from Oxford University Press is "Sharing the Costs and Benefits of Natural Resource Development," for which Al is the co-editor and a chapter contributor. He is also editor of Resources: the Newsletter of the Canadian Institute of Resources Law.
Al serves as a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, and editor of Resources: The Newsletter of the Canadian Institute of Resources Law.
In 2014, Al received the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's 2014 Clyde O. Martz Award for Teaching Excellence in Natural Resources Law.